E. Lynn Harris Gone at 54


This recording is from 2006 on The Early Show.

From Black America Web:

Celebrated, openly-gay author E. Lynn Harris died Friday while on a West Coast book tour, according to The Arkansas Times. He was 54.

The Times reported that Harris’ personal assistant confirmed that the author, a reported diabetic, suffered an unspecified health event Friday morning, but offered no further details.

A friend of the author told BlackAmericaWeb.com that Harris suffered from diabetes.

“Tom Joyner Morning Show” contributor Roland Martin said Vanessa Gilmore, a federal judge in Houston and a close friend of Harris’, told him that Harris died of an apparent heart attack at his hotel in Los Angeles, but that an autopsy would be performed.

She told Martin that Harris fainted two days ago, but refused to see a doctor and insisted he was fine.

Harris became famous for his novels, which frequently depicted gay African-American men on the down low or in the closet. He won critical acclaim, however, for a memoir, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”

The fainting spell was a warning. Too bad that he didn’t take it seriously, especially with his diabetes.

Harris was also famous for self-publishing his own work, which became runaway bestsellers in the black community. The publishing houses had to come to him.

Rest in peace, E. Lynn Harris. You did good, brother.

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~ by blksista on July 26, 2009.

4 Responses to “E. Lynn Harris Gone at 54”

  1. heart disease and high blood pressure

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  2. E. Lynn did not have diabetes

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